BBC Four are showing a documentary on Prog Rock tonight at 10pm under the “Time shift” umbrella. It appears to be from the mid 1970’s and includes contributions from Steve Hackett, John Peel and the drummer from YES. Does anybody know the original transmission date for this programme? It will be followed by the Prog Rock edition of “Rock Family Trees”
Post by Syd Van Vliet on Jan 20, 2004 13:30:35 GMT
Not a ‘70s documentary as I’d been led to believe, but a new programme utilising mostly familiar footage. I’ve always thought of Prog Rock as Psychedelic music minus the acid, rather like New Wave was Punk without the speed, a musical placebo. Still, it works for some, so why knock it. They included a clip of Can performing “Vernal Equinox” on OGWT which I didn’t feel too comfortable with, Can were not prog Rock, Kraut Rock stands up on its own and was roundly cited as a Punk influence, Lydon declared “Tago Mago” his all time favourite album, perhaps he’ll serenade his fellow ‘I’m a Celebrity...‘campers with a rendition of ‘Aumgn’ when the new series begins....if only they‘d got McLaren on there too.
Syd; Progressive Rock was really another term for "Underground" which it'self was seen as an offshoot of the Psychedelic scene. There were many strands to music circa 68/73 as the Album and Live market mushroomed. Heavy, Folk, Synthesiser, etc they all got lumped together. The one rule in that period was that there weren't any firm boudries as to what classifications each music had. ASM